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COSCA Appoints An Official Seannachaidh!
One of these folks is the distinguished new Seannachaidh to the Council of Scottish Clans & Associations! Can you guess which one? Actually, any one of them would perform with great distinction but the REAL Seannachaidh is … ahem … [drum roll] …
The Council of Scottish Clans & Associations is delighted and honored to announce the appointment of Dr. Bruce Durie, BSc (Hons) PhD OMLJ FSAScot FCollT FIGRS FHEA as COSCA’s Seannachaidh. Dr. Durie will be consulting on a range of genealogical and ancestral questions and projects for COSCA and its members.
“As Scottish Americans we celebrate our collective and personal heritage with great energy” said Susan McIntosh, President of The Council of Scottish Clans & Associations. “Having an accurate and complete understanding of people and events long past is critical in distinguishing serious pursuit of ethnic heritage from mere hobby. Bruce Durie brings an unquestioned professionalism and depth of knowledge on a huge range of topics and disciplines that are important to every Scottish American.” [Read More …]
EXCLUSIVE UPDATE: A New International Clan & Heritage Centre at Inverness Castle?
Inverness Castle presents a stunning sight above the River Ness as it flows through the ancient capital of the Scottish highlands. The old stronghold was not designed for the special rigors of modern action but it has been kept in service as host of local courts and judicial business for years. Might Inverness Castle serve a more fitting and useful purpose today? Many people think perhaps so and some influential players are vigorously exploring exciting ideas. [Read more ….]
But who makes sure?
Heritage, language, places, relics, culture, values, ancestry. They can all pass away in a surprised and exasperated heartbeat. Unfortunately there is no governmental ‘Department of Scottish American Heritage’ that will keep our very special culture and history alive and relevant in this forward looking age.
How can we know that Scottish heritage will be strong and active for our children’s children? For the next thousand years? For ever? [Read more … ]
COSCA is delighted to bring you a new partnership with
University of the Highlands and Islands.
We have had the privilege of working with the great and talented folks at UHI to bring COSCA individual members an outstanding – and may we say ‘Exclusive‘ – opportunity to take advantage of UHI’s cutting edge heritage programs and distance learning environments at a significantly reduced tuition. This is indeed a remarkable opportunity for anyone who has always wanted to pursue a Scottish heritage degree or has wanted to just ‘dip a toe’ in it to check it out.
We encourage you to check this one out. Our contact at UHI for this program is Prof. Donna Heddle and her contact info is provided if you follow the magic link below. She is a very nice lady who has so many answers for you and she does not bite.
COSCA is in the news again! Before you read The Herald Scotland article however, understand that it’s a wee bit of a mean spirited take on our International Clan Gatherings report. The Herald’s article misses the primary purpose of the working group, survey and final ICG report. The primary task was and is to look forward to determine the best approach to future ICGs. The Working Group made great progress on that charge and work continues as we investigate 2018 or 2019 possibilities. We look forward to working with everyone who is interested in Scotland including the Scottish government to ensure that the next international Scottish clan & family gathering will be an awesome life changing experience for thousands.
We do have one CORRECTION to the ICG report: Under the heading “2014 Gathering” on page 3 there is a major error in the following sentence:
“First the Stirling Council and then the National Trust for Scotland (“NTS”) seriously dropped the ball, with no Gathering being planned.”
The reference to NTS having “dropped the ball” here is entirely erroneous as NTS did all it could to help make lemonade from the lemons left to us all by Stirling Council. We appreciate and respect the great work and effort of NTS on the Bannockburn Live event. We apologize for the error and will revise the report to reflect this correction.
Take a look at The Herald Scotland article HERE.
This is the report commissioned at the 2013 Scottish Clan & Family Caucus. Good Stuff!!
Children of the Smoke:
Painting Alban Ribbons
Possibly the most evasive task before the Council of Scottish Clans & Associations is that of painting the colorful unbroken ribbons of Scottish heritage that begin in Scotland, then flow across the Atlantic and eventually into to every nook and cranny across the globe.
The ribbons signify several things. They tell us that we have a heritage – a pretty darn cool heritage. Critically though, the ribbons also connect heritage to humans – to contemporary Scottish Americans. The ribbons signify that we are fundamentally tethered to our past, be it good or ill or both. Heritage is there to educate us and to explain better who we are today – so long as we choose to recognize and embrace it. The greater one’s grasp on one’s own heritage, the greater the insight into one’s personal identity. It’s only common sense but for centuries history (and historians) have conspired against heritage having much impact for Scots. Unlike many other American ethnic cultures, Scottish Americans are still working on it. [Read more … ]
BIG EXCLUSIVE REPORT OF GOOD STUFF GOING ON:
COSCA’s Most Excellent Trip To Scotland And Grandfather Mountain!
Part 1: Scotland!
For the best part of June and July this year, COSCA was at the forefront of both games of the biggest double header in recent Scottish American history: Scotland’s Homecoming 2014 signature event Bannockburn Live! in Stirling, Scotland followed by the 59th Annual Grandfather Mountain Highland Games back home in North Carolina. Below is the round up of what happened in Scotland. In a nutshell, it was awesome. Absolutely awesome.
Part 2: Grandfather Mountain!
We have said it before and we’ll say it again: It is difficult to beat Grandfather Mountain Highland Games for Scottish American color and pomp. It is truly a spectacle each and every year. 2014 was no different. Fortunately, this year brought much improved weather over the downpours of last year, sunshine ruled and nothing was cancelled!
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